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Online Harassment: Understanding the Issue and Taking Action


Online Harassment is a pressing concern affecting individuals across the globe. In this blog, we will explore the landscape of online harassment in the UK, and discuss steps that can be taken to address and prevent this pervasive issue.

Online Harassment can manifest in different forms, including but not limited to cyberbullying, trolling, hate speech, doxing, revenge porn, and stalking. Perpetrators may use social media platforms, email, messaging apps, or online forums to target their victims.

Legal Framework

The UK has specific laws and regulations in place to address online harassment. The Malicious Communications Act 1988 and the Communications Act 2003, for instance, criminalize the sending of offensive or threatening messages. The Protection from Harassment Act 1997 can also be utilized in cases of persistent online harassment or stalking.


Despite the legal framework and support systems, challenges remain in effectively combating online harassment in the UK. These challenges include the anonymous nature of the internet, jurisdictional issues in cases involving international perpetrators, and the ever-evolving nature of online platforms and communication methods.

How to Deal with Online Harassment

Online harassment is a concerning issue that can have a significant impact on individuals’ mental health and overall well-being. If you want to tackle online harassment, here are some steps you can take:

1. Document evidence: Keep records of any instances of online harassment, including screenshots, messages, and any other relevant information. This evidence can be useful if you decide to report the harassment later.

2. Report to the platform: Most online platforms have mechanisms in place to report harassment and abusive behavior. Visit the platform’s help center or support pages to understand how to report incidents of online harassment. Provide them with the necessary evidence and details to support your complaint.

3. Block and restrict: Utilize the blocking and privacy settings on social media platforms to limit contact with the harasser. Restrict their ability to view your profile, send you messages, or comment on your posts. This helps create a safer online environment for yourself.

  1. Stay informed about your rights: Familiarize yourself with the laws and regulations related to online harassment in the UK. The Malicious Communications Act 1988 and the Communications Act 2003 can be applicable in certain cases. Understanding your rights can empower you to take appropriate action.
  1. Consider legal action: If the harassment persists or escalates, you may want to consult a legal professional specializing in online harassment or cybercrime. They can advise you on the available legal options and help you take appropriate action.

Contact Our Online Harassment Lawyers and advocates in Manchester, Birmingham and London, UK

If you would like to enquire about any of our online harassment services please complete our online contact form or send an email to us at [email protected] and one of our online harassment advocates shall call you back.

Alternatively, please call our online harassment lawyers on 0330 127 8888 for a free no no-obligation discussion.

Monarch Solicitors is a leading UK law firm with specialist online harassment solicitors ready to offer their expertise. Our award-winning Manchester solicitorsLondon solicitors and Birmingham solicitors offer their legal expertise nationally and internationally.


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